Sep 18, 2016

Review: A Smattering of Darkness

A Smattering of Darkness A Smattering of Darkness by Alisha "Priti" Kirpalani
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is collection of short, shorter and shortest stories. The author has separated into 3 chapters, chapter one has four short stories. In this chapter I liked the story of Seven and tick-tick-tick.

And chapter two is shorter stories consists of 5 stories in this I liked Eternal Love, Catatonia and The Encounter.

Chapter three has numerous shortest stories in one paragraph. I like to quote a couple of stories which touched my heart.

1. She irons the sharp creases. Then crumples his uniform again. And then again. It is all that came back of him, after the war.

2. They fought over their gods. Like wildfire's hunger, the hatred swept. As the bodies littered the streets, even the gods wept.

3. Logic and reason won over the jury. The murderer was set free. At church, the lawyer asked for forgiveness, on bended knees.

4. He accelerated, aiming for maximum impact. Then he saw the cat and jammed the brakes. The cat saved her nine lives and his one.

5. They fought over the colour of the bedroom. Neither gave in. The colour of dreams, of love turned grey. Ending before beginning.

6. For 50 years he has been eating her gooseberry muffins. He hates them but he loves her more. They don't even taste sour now.

7. Show me you love me, she would constantly moan. He spent a life time trying but she only realised it, once he was gone.

The book A Smattering of Darkness, most of the tales lives up to the title. The book has 40+ pages and can be read in one sitting. I enjoyed the book.


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Sep 9, 2016

Why Russia Did Not Put a Man on the Moon

During the cold war era United States and USSR were in race to reach moon. But US made it to moon by 1969. While going through YouTube I found one interesting video why Russia did not put a man on the moon.

Video by Curious Droid.

My earlier post on the book review “In the Shadow of the Moon” Click here.

Sep 5, 2016

Review: In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969

In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 by Francis French
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The cover of the book caught my attention to pick up from the library. The book is about the race to reach Moon.

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Foreground is Moon and the crescent is the Earth. First photo of Earth from Moon. Image courtesy NASA.

It is well researched and the author has given much details about the space programs to put man on the moon, he also given the biography of each astronauts and selected cosmonauts in the space race. The vivid description of each mission is worth mentioning.

The description given for first manned flight in Gemini program Gemini III nicknamed Molly Brown and the first space walk by Ed White on June 3rd 1965 engrossed me and which let to NASA website to quench my thirst about these two missions. Below are some of the images from NASA website.

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Gemini III lift off

The difficulties faced in each mission, how the astronauts coped with inside the capsule, the space walk they performed and how they mastered, docking procedures and re entry procedures are worth mentioning. We can feel how much difficulties the astronauts suffered.

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The first American space walk

The failures of US and Russia are given in detailed manner. After the loss of three precious lives of Astronauts they created faultless rockets to put man on the Moon.

I enjoyed reading the book and I wanted to buy this book for my future reference.


Sep 3, 2016

Review: Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future

Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future Superman vs. the Terminator: Death to the Future by Alan Grant
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I already had a bitter experience on reading Superman Vs Predator. With that in my mind I borrowed this book to read. At the end, no big disappointment.

What happens when Superman is added to the Terminator story line is the imagination. The year is 2000, Sarah Connor and John Connor are saved by Superman in Metropolis. Subsequently the Skynet sends powerful robots each time to fight with Superman.

Unfortunately Superman was sucked into the future year 2032. What happens to Sarah and John in 2000? The answer Super girl and Super boy lends their help. But will the duo able to hold the ever power full robots coming from the future with capable of flight? Did Superman put end to the reign of Skynet in future? Did Superman returned from 2032?

All are answered in the remaining two chapters of the comic.

Art work is better compared to Superman Vs. Predator. Most Superman fans will like the story line.


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